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News & Issues
This issue comes to you close on the heels of the recently concluded Annual meeting of national pharmacovigilance centres here in Geneva. Over forty countries were represented, with the WHO venue providing the perfect opportunity to promote pharmacovigilance within several public health programmes: of interest were the interactions with HIV/AIDS, malaria, helminths and the tuberculosis programmes. Working group exercises on these topics and the sessions on vaccines, patient safety, and classification systems highlighted the future trends and issues in pharmacovigilance. The guest lecture 'Patient safety: a global challenge' by Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer, United Kingdom and Chair of the World Alliance for Patient Safety, was significant in highlighting the common concerns across professions in promoting patient care. It is clear that future efforts will have to build on collaborations, given the widening scope and expanding role of pharmacovigilance. We take the opportunity to thank all the participants for their enthusiasm and active participation while summarizing the recommendations from three of the working group exercises.
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